Alpharetta honors ‘Old Soldiers’

Annual parade draws crowds

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Residents lined Main Street Aug. 3 to see the 61st Annual Old Soldier’s Day Parade.

"Leading With Honor - Honor Their Sacrifice" is this year's parade theme, focusing on those soldiers who were taken prisoner during war.

The 2013 Grand Marshal is Leon "Lee" Ellis, a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and a former fighter pilot who endured five and a half years as a prisoner of war in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" prison near Hanoi, Vietnam.

“You cannot live with honor without courage,” Ellis said. “We need more courage today.”

The event was preceded by a 5K race and ended at the American Legion Post 201.